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Earlier: The Future for White Boomers: Black Man Beats Elderly White Nursing Home Patients and Posts Video on Social Media

Every once in a while—quite a long while; I need to be in a certain mood—I go to the Southern Poverty Law Center website and read their entry on me.

This is not from vanity, although I’ll admit to being a little flattered at having been noticed by the anti-white witch-hunters of Montgomery. No; it’s more to remind myself of the depth of denial and delusion that prevails among Goodwhites.

The task they set for whichever SPLC lower-echelon flunky got assigned to composing my page was to find the most damning possible quote from my writing: something so snarlingly, frothingly hate-filled, so preposterously, inconceivably unreasonable as to put me for ever beyond the bounds of civilized discourse. So what did they come up with?

I’ll quote you the relevant paragraph from the SPLC web page.


“A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us,” Derbyshire wrote. “They will do this out of racial solidarity, the natural willingness of most human beings to be led, and a vague feeling that whites have it coming.”

Prominent White Nationalists Fired from National Review August 16, 2012

The first thing to note is that they have edited my words so that the second of those two sentences makes no sense. In what I actually wrote, there is a sentence in between those two that the SPLC-bot omitted, whether from lazy incompetence or from malice, I don’t know. There is plenty of both at the SPLC website.

Here is what I actually wrote, with the omitted sentence included. Quote:

A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. A much larger cohort of blacks—around half—will go along passively if the five percent take leadership in some event. They will do this out of racial solidarity, the natural willingness of most human beings to be led, and a vague feeling that whites have it coming.

So that pronoun “they” starting off the third sentence refers not to the five percent, as the SPLC mis-quote implies, but to the fifty percent identified in my second sentence—the sentence they left out.

That’s by the by. My main point here, and the reason I get satisfaction from re-reading my words, even in the mangled form presented on the SPLC page, is the perfectly obvious truth of what I expressed in that first sentence. Re-quote:

A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us.[Links in my original 2012 column.]

Is there really anyone who does not know this? Really? Are there really such dark depths of Goodwhite denial?

You might, of course, argue with my estimate of five percent. When that column was first published I got a great many emails from people who did so argue. “Five percent?” they scoffed. “You kidding, Derb?” Then the emailer would proceed to offer his estimate, which was always higher, often much higher, than five percent.

(And to be perfectly truthful I dialed down my estimate to five percent from somewhat higher in hopes of making allowance for my implicit bias. I was trying hard to be nice. See where it gets you!)

All that came to mind yesterday when I saw that video clip of a black orderly beating up a frail old man in a Michigan care facility. The clip is available below, for now, though Twitter and the other social media censors—BitChute so far an honorable exception—are deleting it as fast as they can.

Tucker Carlson reported on it here:

If you watch it all the way through, and still tell me that the thing I’m quoted as saying in the SPLC web page on me is untrue; well, then, you are a very good person indeed, a paragon of race denial.

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See also: GOP Plans To Scapegoat China. But That Must Include ENDING CHINESE IMMIGRATION!

One thing that, it seems to me, is much more apparent than it was three months ago: we are living in a bipolar world, or soon shall be.

I know a bipolar world when I see one. I spent my first 45 years in one: the world of the Cold War, dominated by the USA and the USSR.

That bipolar world ended twenty-nine years ago. For a while thereafter the USA stood supreme, economically and militarily.

We still do, actually, on indices like per capita GDP and forces deployed overseas. Communist China’s been coming up fast, though. It’s plain they are aiming for parity with us, regional—I mean, in Asia—if not global. Perhaps they are aiming for global dominance.

Whether they are or not, we are heading into a bipolar world once again. People are waking up fast to this. The coronavirus pandemic has us thinking and talking about China in a way that we weren’t before, not in the public realm at any rate. Some sour-faced skeptics and grouches on the commentarial fringes, like your acerbically genial Radio Derb host, were talking that way; now it’s well-nigh universal.

As I write this, China’s national legislature, the National People’s Congress, has just completed the first day of its 2020 annual session. Here are a couple of headliners from this first day:

  1. For the first time in thirty years, there will be no announced target for GDP growth this year—that’s Gross Domestic Product, a key economic indicator.
  2. There will be revisions to the Basic Law that defines the status of Hong Kong. The point of the revisions will be to “safeguard national security in Hong Kong.” [NPC: China’s congress will be about Hong Kong, the virus and the economy, BBC, May 24, 2020]

What does any of this mean. And why should Americans care?

To take the first part of that question first: What it means is that these are some of the decisions worked out by the ChiCom Party bosses in secret meetings these past weeks.

I italicized the words “some of” in that last sentence to emphasize that these are decisions the Party bosses want to make public. For sure there are many more they don’t want made public.

The NPC is not really a legislature in any dictionary sense. It’s Totalitarian Theater. There is very occasionally—two or three times per decade—some muffled resistance to edicts from the Politburo; but even those have had a staged quality about them, and were probably just a theatrical way of settling some minor power struggle at the top.

Still, the NPC is not without value for outside observers. The things that are announced, like the two items I have noted, give clues as to what the Party bosses are thinking. Carefully scrutinized and sensibly interpreted, they can give us the lie of the land.

  • China’s economic pincer.

From my first point about the NPC announcements—about there being no GDP growth target this year–we can deduce that the ChiComs are seriously worried about China’s economy.

Like our economy and everyone else’s, China’s economy has taken a big hit from the pandemic and the measures taken to slow or contain it. There have been huge employment losses in both manufacturing and services, in a nation with much less of a social safety net than ours [A slump exposes holes in China’s welfare state, Economist, May 7 2020].

The thought of a couple hundred million hungry, angry, unemployed workers gives ChiCom bosses the heebie-jeebies.

And this couldn’t be happening at a worse time for China’s economy, which is looking at a pincer trap. I’ll describe the two arms of the pincer in turn as 1) the Past Arm and 2) the Future Arm.

The past thirty years have been a sensational boom time for China, with living standards rising faster, I think, than anywhere else, ever, in modern history. By the end of the 2010s, though, the low-hanging fruit had all been picked, and the rate of improvement was slowing.

That is one arm of the economic pincer—call it the Past Arm.

And now there is widespread anger and suspicion towards China among its former trading partners—the countries that, by opening their markets and exporting their factories, made the Chinese economic miracle possible. The developed countries of North America, Western Europe, and Australasia are waking to the fact that we have sold the Chinese Communist Party a whole lot of rope with a gift card attached saying “Please Hang Us.” They are backing off from China.

There is even talk of boycotts. In a poll done mid-May, forty percent of Americans said they won’t buy products made in China. [Americans Are Giving Made-in-China the Cold Shoulder, by Brendan Murray, Bloomberg, May 17, 2020 ]

It’s the same all over. Some headline-writer at the London Daily Mail has taken up Radio Derb’s Godfather theme:

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See, earlier, by Faith Goldy: Black Lies Don’t Count—And White Lives Don’t Matter

Pretty much every morning, weather permitting, Paul and Lidia Marino, an elderly Italian-American couple from Elkton, Maryland, would drive the five miles to Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, just across the border in, of course, Delaware. They would visit the grave of their son Anthony, who died three years ago at age 54.

Anthony was not himself a veteran. His Dad Paul was, though, and the cemetery rules allow disabled adult children of veterans to take a plot. Anthony had been born with cerebral palsy and suffered wretched health all his life. Paul and Lidia, both in their mid-eighties, married more than sixty years, had cared for Anthony until he died in 2017. They were helped by their older twin sons, Paul Junior and Ray.

Paul Senior worked in the printing industry for decades before retiring in 1994. Lidia was what we used to call a home-maker: cooking, shopping, minding the kids, keeping the house clean. She and Paul were both hobbyists: Lidia, like my own Mum, loved needlework, Paul painted and played guitar.

It’s a touching little bit of Americana: a close, busy, loving family, like a dozen you and I know, minding their business and facing life’s misfortunes with courage, humanity, and grit.

So there was this couple, he 86 and she 85, crossing the cemetery on their way to Anthony’s grave on the morning of May 8th as they had done hundreds of times before.

Twenty-nine-year-old Sheldon Francis, a black man dressed entirely in black, with a black face mask, came up behind them and shot them both with a handgun.[ For couple slain in veterans cemetery, visiting son’s grave was a daily ritual, Carl Hamilton, Newark(Maryland) Post, May 14, 2020] Lidia was shot first, and died at the scene. Paul was shot in the head, presumably after just seeing his wife shot; he died later in hospital.

The killer, Sheldon Francis, ran off into some nearby woods. He had a good-quality rifle with him and plenty of ammo, which suggests some planning beforehand. There was a standoff with police and a firefight. When Francis had been silent for a while, cops went into the woods and found him dead of a gunshot wound. Whether the wound was self-inflicted or the result of police shooting, we don’t know.

A horrible end to two lives well lived, and a third that would have been better not lived at all. Plainly a homicide, though, so we’re naturally curious to know the motive.

Let’s see: Italian Americans— is there a mob connection? Given what we know about the couple’s life, and about the killer, it seems highly improbable. Was Sheldon Francis a disgruntled employee or contractor? Again, that’s a bit of a stretch, given what we know.

We don’t know much, though. About Sheldon Francis, we know almost nothing. I have been doggedly googling all week and still can’t find out anything about him. He must have some kind of rap sheet; the news pictures of him (right) are obvious law-enforcement mugshots. What does the rap sheet say? Was he married or single? How did he make a living?

Google … Google … Google … nothing. I just tried again, putting a filter on the Google search for “past week.” There’s a flurry of “Gunman Identified” items from four or five days ago, no new details. I changed the filter to “past 24 hours”: twelve hits on Sheldon Francis, but still no new information. We’re no wiser about possible motives.(The New York Times has nothing on either Francis or the Marinos, but a search for “Veterans’ Cemetery” brought up two AP stories [May 8, May 9] about the shooting, in which both victims and shooter were nameless and raceless. )

Hm. Let’s try a different shooter: Travis McMichael, the white guy who shot a black guy in Brunswick, Georgia, news of which came out just the day before the Marinos were killed. Filter to “past week”: hoo boy, “about 210,000 results” says Google. Let’s change the filter to “past 24 hours.” “About 32,000,” says Google.

That Travis McMichael is some media star: nearly three thousand times bigger than Sheldon Francis.

As of 7 PM, May 16, eight days later, there has still been no mention of the murders of Paul and Lidia Marino in the national Main Stream Media, led of course by the New York Times.

What are they waiting for?

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See also: Joe Biden Wants To Talk About Black “Jogger” Ahmaud Arbery—Why Won’t He Talk About These Raped/ Murdered White Joggers?

News-wise, I’d been beginning to get desperate. It’s been coronavirus, coronavirus, coronavirus, for weeks now But this week we got relief, of a sort. We got an Emmett Till.

You know the script. Evil, gap-toothed, leering Badwhites, secure in their white privilege, most likely resident in some state of the old Confederacy, hunt down and murder an innocent young black guy. It’s the core fantasy of Goodwhite Americans, and has to be acted out every so often for their moral satisfaction, like a medieval mumming play: a clear narrative restatement of the eternal conflict between good and evil.

Black Americans can participate in the festivities, too, by burning stores and shooting each other. That’s epiphenomenal, though; nobody cares what blacks do.

We haven’t had a good Emmett Till re-enactment since the Freddie Gray business in Baltimore five years ago, so it’s time. And yes, here it comes. Headlines from the increasingly Woke Drudge Report:

But I’ve lived through so many of these Emmett Till re-enactments now, they’re getting to be as boring as Xi Jinping’s virus.

This particular one concerns a father-and-son team in Brunswick, Georgia. There’d been burglaries in the neighborhood, which is pretty white; at any rate, the local elementary school is 76 percent white. Dad, who is a former police officer, saw a black guy running down the street, who he thought matched a description of the burglar; Father and son, not knowing whether the black guy was armed, grabbed their guns and got in their truck to make a citizens’ arrest—all perfectly legal in Georgia, according to the local authorities who decided not to charge him.

A friend in another vehicle followed them. [Two Weapons, a Chase, a Killing and No Charges, by Richard Fausset NYT, April 26, 2020]

When they caught up with the black guy, they got out to make the arrest, the son holding a shotgun. The black guy tried to wrestle the shotgun from him. Three shots were fired, the son presumably fearing for his life if his opponent got the gun. The black guy died.

All this happened on February 23rd. The District Attorney who investigated the case saw no grounds for an arrest. [PDF]

Last week some cellphone video of the event went public. It was taken by the friend who’d followed father and son. I presume he released it to show they acted within the law—which, the DA had concluded, they did.

All the goodwhites saw on that video, though, was two white guys with guns and a black guy getting shot. Just like Emmett Till!

So now we are getting the full Emmett Till narrative, dressed up with all the usual cant threadbare formulas: “jogging while black,” “modern lynching,” and the rest. There are rallies; there are protests; there are Twitter handles, … you know how it goes.

Under pressure from the Goodwhite Establishment, which of course includes practically all of the media and social media, father and son have now been arrested and charged with murder. [Ahmaud Arbery Shooting in Georgia: Live Updates and Coverage, NYT, May 8, 2020]

How’s it all going to play out from here?

Whatever happens at trial in this case, the father and son, the McMichaels, will never again have normal lives. Their home address has already been made public; so even if acquitted, they’d be in danger if they ever went back to live there.

And they will be full-time professional defendants. Even if they’re acquitted in state court, there’ll be appeals and calls for federal Civil Rights and “hate crime” prosecutions.

If a Democrat wins the Presidency in November, those calls will be answered with a vengeance by some anti-white Eric Holder clone at the Justice Department.

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Lockdown Lit

I think every educated person keeps somewhere in his head a mental list of Great Books he hasn’t read. This lockdown is a good opportunity to tick a box or two on that list. Well, I have now read Middlemarch.

  • Spoiler alert. If you haven’t read Middlemarch but are planning to, this segment, and the next, and the next but two (“Great unpublishables”) contain references to the plot.

I came late to George Eliot. It was my mid-thirties. I was teaching English at a college in provincial China. The college had a library with a small English-language section. For leisure-time reading I plundered that section. It included Eliot’s first three novels: Adam Bede (whose story is set in Derbyshire), The Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner. No Middlemarch, though.

Having enjoyed those three, and knowing that Middlemarch is the book Eliot is best remembered for, I resolved to read it when I returned to England. It’s a dauntingly big book, though—eight hundred pages in my Penguin Classics paperback—and once back in England I had to find a job and restore my finances … then I moved to the States … then I got married … What with one thing and another, the Middlemarch box on my mental list remained unticked for 37 years.

That was far too long. Middlemarch is a lovely book: rich and deep, with a strong narrative thread and sound psychological insight. “One of the few English novels written for grown-up people,” said Virginia Woolf, and for once I agree with the crazy old bat.

I had to pause to look things up: “pilulous,” “megrim,” “Harpagon,” “leather and prunella,” … Also, enstupidated as I am from too much Twitter browsing, there were sentences I had to read twice to get the sense of them:

No one quicker than Rosamond to see causes and effects which lay within the track of her own tastes and interests: she had seen clearly Lydgate’s preeminence in Middlemarch society, and could go on imaginatively tracing still more agreeable social effects when his talent should have advanced him; but for her, his professional and scientific ambition had no other relation to these desirable effects than if they had been the fortunate discovery of an ill-smelling oil.

If you’re not willing to apply some mental effort, though, don’t read Victorian novels.

The nearest I can get to finding any fault with Middlemarch is, I wish the author could have included a nice lively girl for Mr Farebrother to marry … but perhaps that would have made the plot a bit too symmetrical.

Mr. Brooke’s Joe Biden moment

I defy any present-day American to read Chapter 51 of Middlemarch without Joe Biden coming to mind.

Mr. Brooke is running for election to parliament. He has to give a speech to the electors of Middlemarch from a balcony overlooking the town market-place. Nervous, he fortifies himself with a second glass of sherry: “a surprise to his system which tended to scatter his energies instead of collecting them.”

The speech is a disaster:

He began with some confidence.

“Gentlemen—Electors of Middlemarch!”

This was so much the right thing that a little pause after it seemed natural. “I’m uncommonly glad to be here—I was never so proud and happy in my life—never so happy, you know.”

This was a bold figure of speech, but not exactly the right thing; for, unhappily, the pat opening had slipped away—even couplets from Pope may be but “fallings from us, vanishings,” when fear clutches us, and a glass of sherry is hurrying like smoke among our ideas. Ladislaw, who stood at the window behind the speaker, thought, “it’s all up now. The only chance is that, since the best thing won’t always do, floundering may answer for once.” Mr Brooke, meanwhile, having lost other clews, fell back on himself and his qualifications—always an appropriate graceful subject for a candidate.

“I am a close neighbor of yours, my good friends—you’ve known me on the bench a good while—I’ve always gone a good deal into public questions—machinery, now, and machine-breaking—you’re many of you concerned with machinery, and I’ve been going into that lately. It won’t do, you know, breaking machines: everything must go on—trade, manufactures, commerce, interchange of staples—that kind of thing—since Adam Smith, that must go on. We must look all over the globe:—’Observation with extensive view,’ must look everywhere, ‘from China to Peru,’ as somebody says—Johnson, I think, ‘The Rambler,’ you know. That is what I have done up to a certain point—not as far as Peru; but I’ve not always stayed at home—I saw it wouldn’t do. I’ve been in the Levant, where some of your Middlemarch goods go—and then, again, in the Baltic. The Baltic, now …”

Quantifying the death of the novel

Speaking of novels, Joseph Epstein has a long grumbly piece in the current Commentary about how no-one takes novels seriously any more.

Joseph Bottum mentions Andrew Ferguson’s cocktail-party test for books—would you be embarrassed at a cocktail party for not having read it?—and notes the last such novel Ferguson cites passing this test was Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities in 1987.

Well, duh. Things aren’t real until you quantify them, though. I did the quantification leg-work in Chapter 4 of We Are Doomed:

An approximate measure of glory in our culture is getting your picture on the cover of Time magazine. How are authors doing on that? …

As of early 2009, it has been over ten years since Time did a cover story on an author. That was Tom Wolfe (Nov. 2, 1998). Two other authors showed up in the 1990s: Toni Morrison (Jan. 19, 1998) and Michael Crichton (Sept. 25, 1995). So that’s three for the 1990s, none to date for the 2000s …

Ignoring the poets and scaling where necessary, I have for the past nine decades (present to past), the following numbers of authors with Time cover stories to their glory:

2000s: 0
1990s: 3
1980s: 3
1970s: 5
1960s: 6

• Category: Ideology • Tags: Political Correctness 
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On my occasional theme of educational nationalism, I’m pleased to see that Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas has suggested banning Chinese students from studying STEM subjects in our universities. He told Fox News::

If Chinese students want to come here and study Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers, that’s what they need to learn from America. They don’t need to learn quantum computing and artificial intelligence from America.

Fox News Transcript, April 26, 2020

The Senator is right, but late. We’ve educated so many Chinese students the past thirty years that Chinese colleges are now well-staffed with US-educated professors. There’s hardly any need for them to send students here anymore.

(I did smile to read, though, that one unnamed left-wing commentator had mocked Senator Cotton by pointing out that Shakespeare was not an American. I’d really like to know who that commentator was so I can present him with my Non Sequitur of the Week Award).

Two countries (which by a remarkable coincidence seem to have done well in the fight against the WuFlu plague) seem also to be combatting China:

  • Australia.

Three weeks ago I warned the folk Down Under that they are in danger of becoming a Chinese colony. Their economy, I observed, is heavily dependent on digging minerals out of the ground and selling them to China. They sell a lot of agricultural produce to China, too.

And then there is education: Australia gets seven and a half billion dollars a year from Chinese students paying full tuition at Australian universities.

(That was the number I got from a global statistics website. A news story at this past Monday gives thirty billion.[China Warns Australia: Drop Coronavirus Probe or Pay an Economic Price, by Simon Kent, April 27, 2020] I don’t know which figure is right; but plainly educating Chinese students is big business for Australia.)

I’m glad to say the Aussies have not yet sold their birthright for a mess of bean-curd. Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, has joined our own President Trump and other national leaders in calling for the ChiComs to publish a full account of how they’ve dealt with the pandemic from its origins. Quote from Prime Minister Morrison:

I don’t think anybody’s in any fantasy land about where it started. It started in China and what the world over needs to know—and there’s a lot of support for this—is how did it start and what are the lessons that can be learned.

That needs to be done independently and why do we want to know that? Because it could happen again.

That caused the ChiCom ambassador to Australia, a very lifelike automaton named Cheng Jingye, to give us a glimpse of the iron fist inside the ChiComs’ velvet glove. The ambassador didn’t say anything about commodity exports, but he did threaten the education, tourism, and agricultural sectors of Australia’s economy, honking that

I think in the long term … if the mood is going from bad to worse, people would think “Why should we go to such a country that is not so friendly to China?” The tourists may have second thoughts … The parents of the students would also think whether this place which they found is not so friendly, even hostile, whether this is the best place to send our kids … Maybe also the ordinary people will say why should we drink Australian wine or to eat Australian beef?

Federal Government calls Chinese ambassador about comments on trade boycott over coronavirus inquiry, by Georgia Hitch and Jordan Hayne, Australian Broadcasting Company, April 27, 2020

I guess we should be grateful that the ambassador-bot at least didn’t tell us that Australia had hurt the feelings of the Chinese people. I always wince when the ChiComs pull that one, which they do a lot.

The Aussies are so far standing firm on this ChiCom bullying, I’m glad to say. One member of parliament has called the ambassador’s remarks “despicable and menacing.” Former Foreign Secretary Alexander Downer, a respected senior figure in Australian politics, said the ambassador had behaved in “a reckless, undiplomatic way.” And so on. There’s quite a tiff going on down there.[Chinese ambassador’s coronavirus inquiry warning was ‘reckless, undiplomatic’, Alexander Downer says, by Nick Wiggins and Sasha Fegan, Australian Broadcasting Company, April 29, 2020]

  • Sweden

Sweden, of all countries, is also taking the lead in combatting China. In part this is because the ChiCom ambassador to Sweden is an exceptionally nasty piece of work.

When I was studying Chinese in London forty years ago I once asked our lecturer, a worldly Chinese fellow of whom I can only remember the surname Tang, if there were any movies I could watch to help me understand ChiCom politics. He replied with no hesitation at all: “The Godfather.”

That is a very good insight. The Chinese Communist Party is a crime syndicate, a clique of amoral gangsters, ready to do anything at all—lie, steal, torture, murder—to preserve their own power and privilege.

Their ambassador to Sweden illustrates this with exceptional clarity. Interviewed on Swedish public radio last November, he said:

We treat our friends with fine wine, but for our enemies we have shotguns.

• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Media, China 
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I’m keeping a wary eye on Africa recently. When this new coronavirus first came up, there was a general vague opinion that Africa would not be seriously affected.

For one thing, the place is warm, and the virus doesn’t like a warm climate. For another, Africa is young. The median age in Kenya is 20; in Nigeria, 18; in Niger, fifteen. Median age in the USA is 38; in Switzerland 42; in Japan 47. The virus wreaks most havoc among old people.

Lately, though, I’ve been reading stories about the economic impact on Africa of all the lockdowns and slowdowns in the developed world provoked by the WuFlu.

On remittances, for example—money sent back to the home countries in Africa by Africans working in Europe, America, or the Middle East. Nigeria gets $24 billion a year from remittances; as people are laid off in the host countries, the World Bank says that number will drop by a quarter. [Migration and Development Brief 32: COVID-19 Crisis Through a Migration Lens, April, 2020]

Then there are falling commodity prices—oil only the most-publicized case. A lot of African countries depend on commodity exports:

Nigeria may have one of the worst governments in the world. Even in good times, the country was in poor shape. But now, with oil prices falling to all-time lows, Nigeria is about to go the way of Venezuela and Zimbabwe with total economic collapse.

The Nigerian government depends on oil for 60 percent of its revenue and 90 percent of its foreign exchange. But with prices for several oil benchmarks falling below zero, Nigeria is generating massive losses for every barrel it produces. Add this to a rising debt load, bad economic policies, and political instability, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Oil Price Apocalpyse Will Bankrupt Nigeria, Africa’s Richest Nation, by William Ebbs,, April 21, 2020

And while it’s natural to mention Venezuela and Zimbabwe in this context, compare the population figures: Venezuela 29 million, Zimbabwe 15 million; Nigeria 214 million. (It may be more: at this point they’ve lost count.)

That’s nearly five times Venezuela and Zimbabwe together—a whole lot of human misery. [Virus triggers African unrest: Riots break out in Johannesburg over food shortages and Lesotho’s under-fire PM deploys army to ‘restore order’ as Covid-19 claims over 1,000 lives across the continent – including Nigerian presidential aide, by James Gant, Daily Mail, April 18, 2020.

That’s just the economic consequences. The impact of the coronavirus itself is unclear.’s Lance Welton and science writer Jon (Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It) Entine have both noted that Africa seems to be a “cold spot” for coronavirus and have speculated on possible explanations. But African countries are not famous for rigorous statistics; nor, come to think of it, for excellence in provision of healthcare.

That latter point has led to some interesting sidebar stories. I liked this one, from BBC News, April 23rd: Coronavirus: Why some Nigerians are gloating about Covid-19.

Who is gloating, and why? It’s ordinary Nigerians doing the gloating.

The targets of the gloating—the gloatees—are upper-class folk, especially politicians.

Quote from the BBC News story:

These are the kind of people who normally jet off to the UK, Germany, or the US at the slightest headache because Nigeria’s state hospitals are poorly funded, run-down, and lack adequate equipment …

But with borders closed and each country haunted by its own Covid-19 nightmare, Nigeria’s big men and women are now forced to use their country’s hospitals, prompting a stream of taunts and jokes.

The Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s president actually died from coronavirus April 17th, in a Nigerian hospital. [Abba Kyari, Nigerian President’s Right-Hand Man, Dies, by Ruth Maclean, NYT, April 23, 2020]

It’s cruel to say it, but you can’t help suspect that as the virus seeps out from the elites to the common folk, the gloating will likely turn into something nastier.

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The Suits at won’t let me spell out the N-word in full. I understand the reasons for that and am totally on board with the policy. It’s irksome, though; it annoys me. [ Suits: it annoys us too, but it’s because Tech Totalitarian corporate censorware would block us for using it].

Not because I dislike black people. There are many I like a lot. Here’s one: scholar of human language John McWhorter of Columbia University .Back in 2016 I noted a column Professor McWhorter had published at The Daily Beast under the title Anti-Racism, Our Flawed New Religion.” Anti-racism is, he wrote, is “what we worship, as sincerely and fervently as many worship God and Jesus and, among most Blue State Americans, more so.”

But I think that a situation where one part of the citizenry is prohibited, on pain of career destruction, from uttering a word that the other part uses with perfect liberty, is unjust.

I don’t mind taboo words in themselves. Probably every organized society needs taboo words. A taboo word should be taboo to everybody, though. Otherwise you’re in one of those situations Sir James Frazer wrote about in The Golden Bough, one of those primitive societies where certain words can only be spoken by members of the ruling elite.

Well, here’s a couple of stories from the past few days that I’m going to put under the heading “N-word Watch.” I may make this a regular feature.

  • First story: Meet Kyle Larson, 27 years old, a race-car driver.

Larson was a rising star in NASCAR. Apparently—I didn’t know this, and I hope I’m getting it right—you don’t get to be a star driver in NASCAR unless you are employed by an organization that runs teams of drivers.

Larson was an employee of an outfit named Chip Ganassi Racing. He was doing so well, he was preparing to go free agent, so that Chip Ganassi would have to fight a bidding war with other outfits for Larson’s services. Pretty nice career spot to be in for a 27-year-old.

Last week, it all fell apart. Sunday night, wearing a headset for some kind of live-streamed virtual event, Larson lost communication with a colleague—a white guy, as it happens. Checking the mike, he said: “You can’t hear me, [N-word]?”

Except of course he didn’t say [N-word]. He said the actual taboo word.

It was a hot mike. Larson was suspended without pay by Ganassi early Monday, then suspended indefinitely by NASCAR. Then big sponsors—Chevrolet, McDonald’s, Credit One Bank—started pulling out, so Ganassi totally fired him. [Larson Fired After Sponsors Drop NASCAR Driver over Racial Slur, AP, April 14, 2020]

For using the N-word—with a white colleague.

Larson, by the way, is half-Japanese, an unusual thing in auto racing. His grandparents spent time in an internment camp in California during World War II, so he has some victim cred.

It didn’t help. Blackety-Black victimhood trumps every other kind.

So here’s this scholar teaching First Amendment Law.

Well, last October the University of Connecticut Police Department arrested two students who were filmed shouting the N-word while walking in a parking lot[Two students arrested in connection to racist comments, by Gabriella DeBenedictis, The Daily Campus, October 22, 2019]. The students were loud enough to be heard by two people in an adjacent apartment complex. These people called the campus police, the students were arrested and charged under a state law that makes it an offense to ridicule someone’s race.

Volokh, our scholar, led a class discussion about that incident. He argued, that the law is (a) unconstitutional, and (b) was anyway misapplied in this Connecticut case. He invited students to argue the pros and cons with him—just as a college teacher should do.

Along the way, however, he uttered the N-word in all its taboo fulness.

Some students apparently suffered hurt feelings and, when they had been revived and restored to full functioning, ratted on Prof. Volokh to the college authorities.

The law school dean, Jennifer Mnookin (n.b. Lance Weltonfemale, pictured right) issued a sniveling public apology for Volokh’s gross and shameless breach of political correctness. Volokh has defended himself spiritedly UCLA Law Dean Apologizes for My Having Accurately Quoted the Word——–n Discussing a Case.

• Category: Ideology • Tags: Blacks, Political Correctness 
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Much earlier, by John Derbyshire: Importing Sino-Fascism? September 13, 2000

The hope has been expressed—for example by Counter-Currents’s Greg Johnson, as I mentioned last week —that our current travails will open the eyes of Western electorates to what a really bad idea unrestrained, unquestioning globalization has been.

The last thirty years, following the end of the Cold War, has been an era of globalization: lowered tariffs, world-wide supply chains, and First World countries outsourcing their manufacturing to cheaper workers in the Third World. Also, in the Western part of the First World—the white part—of Open Borders and lax enforcement of immigration laws.

We all live on the same planet, to be sure, and we have common concerns in areas like, oh, public health. But making your country dependent on a geopolitical rival for some high proportion of your medications, or key manufacturing processes, is seriously stupid.

But concerning that hope—that our people will awaken from their opium dream of globalized plenty with no downsides and become sturdy nationalists—I remain skeptical.

I do, though, see signs of a spreading awareness about one particular aspect of globalization: the fact that by far the biggest winner from globalization has been communist China.

This is easiest to see in the most thoroughly globalized organization of all, the United Nations. The most prominent UN agency in this current crisis has been the WHO, the World Health Organization. The Director-General of the WHO is an Ethiop named Tedros Something, or Something Tedros. [Tweet him] Anyone who pays any attention at all to the news now knows that this Tedros bloke is a bought-and-paid-for shill for the Chinese Communist Party.

Since the WHO is just the currently most prominent UN agency, it’s reasonable to suspect that the rest of the UN is similarly compromised.

To be perfectly fair to the U.N., there are some contrary indicators. Last year saw some to-ing and fro-ing in the General Assembly over China’s treatment of Muslim Uighurs in ChiCom-occupied East Turkestan. Twenty-three countries issued a joint statement of concern.

Who were the 23 countries? The U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand…and the other 18 were all European countries.

The ChiComs easily countered with a much bigger list of countries saying they were just fine with whatever was being done to the Uighurs. That pro-China list included majority-Muslim countries like Pakistan, Egypt, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, along with Russia, Cuba, North Korea, the Philippines, and a bunch of rat-hole countries in Africa and Central Asia.

If you look at the lists of countries protesting China and countries supporting China, the fundamental difference isn’t hard to figure. An outfit named Transparency International publishes an annual list of the world’s countries ranked by how corrupt they are. The countries critical of China come from the bottom part of that list, the least corrupt; the countries supporting China are just the ones most easily bought.

Any globalized enterprise will display a similar pattern. Since most of the world’s countries are Third World—which here I am using as a synonym for “poor and corrupt”—globalization means Third World-ification. And since China leads the Third World thus defined, with the most money to splash around and the least reluctance to just buy other countries’ leaders with bags full of cash, globalization means Sinification.

The First World isn’t altogether immune to this globalization-equals-Sinification phenomenon. Our own capitalist boss class is not at all keen to offend ChiCom sensibilities.

Imagine, if you can, a major Hollywood studio making an honest movie about the Land Reform terror in China around 1950, or the mass famines that followed the Great Leap Forward ten years later, or the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, or the 1989 uprisings.

You can’t imagine it; no such movies will be made. The studios like their China market.

That’s not corruption, at least I don’t think it is. That’s just economic pressure. In this context, the context of economic pressure, an interesting case study is Australia.

As I mentioned above, Australia was on that list of countries criticizing China at the U.N. last year.

Well, stick around. Five years from now, Australia may be on the other list, supporting China. Australia is well on her way to being a Chinese satellite.

That’s not straightforward corruption, either. Australia’s a high-trust Anglo-Saxon nation with low levels of corruption. The case study here is one of economic pressure. I’m going to quote here from a 12-minute YouTube clip [Australia’s China Problem, November 19, 2019] from Wendover Productions, which so far as I can tell is unbiased.

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It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and the coronavirus panic has some winners. The stock of Zoom video-conferencing software has been soaring, notwithstanding some bad publicity about its security features, or lack of them.

Less well-publicized has been the bonanza for lawyers, with laid-off workers suing employers, businesses suing insurers, jailbirds and illegal aliens in detention suing to be released, travel firms, cruise lines, and airlines being sued by disgruntled vacationers, and so on. Do lawyers ever come badly out of anything?

Longer-term, out here on the Dissident Right, there’s been a vein of commentary to the effect that this is all going to work out well for the causes we care about. A key text here is Greg Johnson’s March 18th post at Counter-Currents, title “How Coronavirus Will Change the World.” It doesn’t summarize easily, but I’ll read off Greg’s main headings. Each one identifies a fact that, according to Greg, will be made more obvious by the current crisis and its aftermath.

Globalism is bad.

Democracy is bad. If that made you jump, I’m going to give Greg the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s in the Winston Churchill camp here: Democracy’s bad, but not as bad as the alternatives. More on this in just a minute.

Global “free trade” is bad.

Liberalism is bad

Diversity, multiculturalism, open borders, & anti-racism are bad.

Conservatism is bad.[Links added]

By “Conservatism” in that last one Greg means what we at call “Conservatism, Inc.”

That’s all good upbeat stuff, but I have my pessimistic doubts. Greg’s assuming that under pressure of a political and economic crisis, people in the generality will come to see reality more clearly—the reality, for example, that strictly-regulated national borders and ports of entry are essential to the common good.

I dunno, Greg. That particular aspect of reality has been obvious to me, and to a great many of us over here, for a long time, but the obviousness of it hasn’t worked its way through to political action.

Even under pressure of the current crisis, it hasn’t. Our government is still cheerfully bringing in tens of thousands of guest workers from abroad, even as the numbers of unemployed Americans rises through the stratosphere.

At his presser this Wednesday, President Trump told us that without foreign guest workers coming in to do agricultural work, actual quote from the President, “we’re not going to have farms.” Reporting on this, John Binder at Breitbart noted that, quote:

H-2A foreign visa workers make up only about ten percent of the total U.S. crop farm workforce.

The President’s remark illustrates an important counter to Greg Johnson’s optimism. We should not underestimate the determination on the part of our ruling class—even members of it, like Trump, with a reputation as mavericks—to keep the cheap-labor rackets going and to cling to their cherished catch-phrases—”jobs American won’t do,” “crops rotting in the fields,” “nation of immigrants,” and the rest—in defiance of any amount of reality.

Whether the American public, suffering Depression-era levels of unemployment, will let the ruling class and their tech-billionaire enablers keep their rackets going, is another question. It’s perfectly possible that we shall, though. I’ve always thought T.S. Eliot greatly overrated as a poet, but he wrote a very wise and true thing when he wrote that “Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”

That all said, I would like to add just one extended quote from Greg Johnson’s piece. It’s true, and it’s relevant to my next segment. Edited quote, from under the heading “Democracy is bad”:

Democracy encourages politicians to think only as far ahead as the next election. Since disasters happen only occasionally, every politician knows that they are unlikely to happen on his watch …

It is fashionable now to deride the “deep state” for being democratically unaccountable bureaucrats. But in a democracy, only a democratically unaccountable permanent bureaucracy can engage in long-range planning to secure the future against preventable evils.

China, by contrast, is not democratic at all, and despotism has it’s advantages (for the despots)in the age of Big Data.

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John Derbyshire writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. His most recent book, published by com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at